Thinking About Trying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

What To Expect On Your First Day

Every school is different, but hopefully this will help you understand how most Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools operate, including ours – Atos Jiu Jitsu Hamilton.

At most schools, you can watch a class, meet the instructor and ask some questions before ever getting on the mats.  At Atos Jiu Jitsu Hamilton, we also encourage you to jump in and try out a free Beginner’s Class, which can be booked online or by contacting us at the school by phone or email.  But, there is no pressure, if you want to watch a class before trying it, that is ok too! Just check out our schedule which is posted on our website and come on by and watch a class.

You should try to show up a couple minutes early to introduce yourself to the instructor and check out the school. You’ll also need to sign a waiver before getting started.

You usually don’t need to own a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu uniform for your first class. At our school, T-shirts, board shorts or sweat pants are all perfectly fine. Some schools let you rent a uniform for your first class but for us, you can just wear something you are comfortable working out in.  Just a heads up though, you will need to purchase a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu uniform, if you decide to continue training.

Please don’t wear anything with extra pockets or belt loops. These are dangerous since fingers and toes can get caught in them. It is definitely ok to wear a knee brace, cup, mouthguard,  etc. as well as taping up any injuries you might have with athletic tape.  In fact, you will probably see quite a few people taping up their fingers before class begins!

I also recommend bringing a bottle of water. 

Make sure your finger and toe nails are well-groomed. Long hair should be tied into a ponytail or bun during class. You should also remove any piercings to prevent injuries. BJJ is a close contact sport, so please be on top of your personal hygiene and shower regularly.  Nobody wants to be the stinky person in class. 

Class Breakdown

Some instructors use a very light warmup, whereas others start the class with a more intense warmup. Most classes start with a group warm-up, such as running laps and doing push-ups, followed by solo drills like forward and backward rolls, bear walks, break-falls, some shrimps along with some stretching. Some of the movements might be new to you but don’t worry your instructor is there to help you. Our warmups will help you learn how to fall safely as well as to develop your physical coordination so that you can move your hips and body on the ground which will be essential as you begin to progress in BJJ.

After warm-ups, the instructor will go through a few different techniques which you will practice with a partner.   At some schools, you will practice a beginner curriculum, and at others you will simply do whatever techniques are being taught that day. At our academy, we have a specific program designed for beginners so your entire class will be geared towards your learning.

After the technical portion of the class, you will usually have time for some live positional drilling or some live sparring.  This will give you the chance to try out the techniques that you just practiced against a resisting opponent.  For example, if the technique you practiced in class was an escape from side control, the drill might involve starting in side control and trying to escape while your partner tries to keep you in side control.  (You will be shown what side control is during class, if you don’t know what I am referring to).  Please keep in mind the following safety rules that we have in place:

·       No striking, punching or kicking.

·       No eye gouging or hair pulling.

·       No twisting or grabbing fingers.

·       No slamming (picking someone up and dropping them).

·       No heelhooks (twisting the foot or knee).

·       No neck cranks.

You need to have training partners in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, so it is important to keep each other safe and not injured.   It is also important to learn to tap.  Tapping is the way you let your partner know to let go.  If you feel yourself caught in an armbar or choke, by tapping your partner or by saying “tap” you will let them know to stop and you will both reset.  Tapping is part of the game and if you aren’t tapping then you aren’t improving.  It is important to be in bad positions and learn what works and what doesn’t so don’t feel discouraged if you find yourself tapping a lot.

Before you go home

After class, if you have any other questions about pricing, schedule etc your instructor would be happy to answer any questions that you might have.  If you decide you like it and want to purchase a gi, most schools will have some for sale (we do at Atos Jiu Jitsu Hamilton). If you already have one, that is ok too, as long as, it is white.  We have a white gi only policy at our school. 

Awesome Year End Tournament and Grading!

On Saturday December 10th, we had an amazing year-end Kids In-House Tournament and Belt Promotion as well as an awesome Adult Grading!

Our Kids Team looked really sharp and focused as they showcased great skills.  The tournament was a great success and everyone had a great time!  I was really happy to promote such an extraordinary group of great kids.  The future is very bright! Check out our gallery for photos of the event!  www.atoshamilton.com/gallery/

We also had an Adult Grading!  Fifteen adults were promoted to the next level.  Our team keeps growing and growing and I am always happy when new goals are reached!  All those who were testing were very well-prepared and very well-deserving!  I look forward to seeing the new belts get broken in! 

August is Crazy!

We have a really exciting August planned at our academy!  We are very happy to welcome back 6 time World Champion Professor Rafael Mendes to Pura BJJ | Atos Jiu Jitsu Hamilton!  He will be here on August 21st and I know he is excited to see everyone again!  

Please check out this awesome video of Professor Rafa in action at the recent Rickson Cup in Japan!  

 

We also have our annual BBQ/Picnic at the Binbrook Conservation Area on August 27th --> We will have mats so we can do some rolling, games, food and drinks!  Sign up today! 

 

 

Hamilton Healthy Kids!

We very excited to welcome over 75 kids to take part in two classes as part of the Hamilton Healthy Kids Passport Program!  The kids all worked extremely hard as we went through a typical Jiu-Jitsu warm-up and we also went over some basic techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!  It is always so rewarded to introduce the BJJ Lifestyle to those who have never tried it before and this was no exception.  Thank you to all those who participated and we look forward to doing it again soon!

An Evening With Professor Gui Mendes!

Thank you to everyone who came out to class on Thursday Nov 19th as we welcomed Professor Gui Mendes BACK to our academy!  It was a fantastic class!  We covered a variety of positions and new details!  It was also a special night at Pura BJJ because there were a few promotions!  Congrats to Diana C, Chris V, David D, Brad L, Kyle W, Chris S, Farshad K and a huge congratulations to Paul Zenchuk as he was awarded his Black Belt!! 


Great Time Training With Coach Gustavo Fonseca

Thank you to everyone who came out to train in the SPECIAL classes with Coach Gustavo Fonseca from AOJ!  Coach Gu taught some amazing techniques and details and everyone looked they had a fantastic time!  It is always awesome learning from someone as awesome as Coach Gu --> he is not only amazing on the mats but also off of the mat!  He is easily one of the most positive people that I know and his positivity is contagious!  I look forward to continue to drill the various positions that he taught!  Huge thanks to Roger for coming out and taking great photos!  If you are looking for a photographer contact Roger at SungSunPhoto@gmail.com!

 

 

 

Professor PJ returns from Art of Jiu Jitsu

 

I am back from teaching classes at the Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy in Costa Mesa/Newport Beach California!  Professors Rafael and Guilherme Mendes asked for me to cover some classes while the coaches from AOJ competed at the IBJJF European Championships.  It is definitely a great honour and I jumped at the opportunity!  I am looking forward to being back on the mats at Pura BJJ | ATOS Hamilton and I hope to see you all soon! 

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Prof PJ teaching a Nogi class at AOJ.  photo credit @jujitsu4me